Finally! After two months of forced inactivity, one can hear the sound of engines again. Today the spotlights will be on Misano, which for the occasion will see some riders on the track such as Lorenzo Savadori, Enea Bastianini and Mattia Pasini. A considerable distance away, there will be other colleagues like Alex Rins, Joan Mir and Maverick Vinales.
The Spaniards have in fact chosen the Andorra track, located at an altitude of 2400 metres, to start sharpening their weapons in view of the possible restart. Together with them there are also some faces from Superbike. This is the case of Chaz Davies, hungry to get to work and waiting to get back on his Panigale V4R.
2020 will undoubtedly be a fundamental crossroads for the future of the Welsh rider, seeing as his contract with the Borgo Panigale manufacturer expires at the end of the season. Chaz's priority is to show that he has mastered the Rossa after a tough 2019 season.
Leon Camier will also be with him on the Andorra track, the British rider who as we well remember missed the Phillip Island round due to a shoulder problem. Physical aspects have heavily conditioned the Briton in recent years, so much so that he was forced to stay away from racing for some time. If 2020 is a decisive year for Chaz, the same goes for Leon, especially in view of 2021. Xavi Forés also completed the deployment of Superbike riders, back in the production-based championship with Puccetti after a period in BSB.
As we said yesterday, in order to safeguard all the riders, biologist Joel Lopez has drawn up a health protocol. Among other things, there cannot be more than 10 riders on the track at the same time, so it was decided to split them into two groups.
Group 1: Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT), Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), Tito Rabat (Reale Avintia Racing), Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Albert Arenas (Aspar Team Gaviota).
Group 2: John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing), Xavier Simeon (LCR E-Team), Xavi Cardelus (Avintia Esponsorama Racing), Chaz Davies, Xavi Fores, Leon Camier, Jules Cluzel, Hector Barbera, Randy de Puniet, Freddie Foret and Michael Fudala.